In this examination of the doctor-patient relationship, Drs. Wen and Kosowsky argue that diagnosis, once the cornerstone of medicine, is fast becoming a lost art, with grave consequences. Using real-life stories of cookbook-diagnoses-gone-bad, the doctors illustrate how active patient participation can prevent these mistakes. Wen and Kosowsky offer tangible follow-up questions patients can easily incorporate into every doctor's visit to avoid counterproductive and even potentially harmful tests. In the pursuit for the best medical care available, readers can't afford to miss out on these inside-tips and more:
How to deal with a doctor who seems too busy to listen to you
8-Pillars to a Better Diagnosis
How to tell the whole story of your illness
Learning test risks and evaluating whether they're worth it
How to get a working diagnosis at the end of every doctor's visit
By empowering patients to engage with their doctors as partners in their diagnosis, When Doctors Don't Listen is an essential guide that enables patients to speak up and take back control of their health care.
Dr. Leana Wen is an emergency physician at Brigham & Women's Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital and a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School. Inspired by her own childhood illness and then her mother's long battle with cancer, Dr. Wen is passionate about guiding patients to advocate for better care. A Rhodes Scholar, she graduated with distinction from the University of Oxford and Washington University School of Medicine. She has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization, Brookings Institution, China Medical Board, and the National Institutes of Health, and is currently the National President of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine/Resident & Student Association.
The 2007 winner of The New York Times journalism contest, Dr. Wen has reported in Africa with journalist Nicholas Kristof, written for The Lancet, Journal of American Medical Association, and The Washington Post, and is a regular blogger on The Huffington Post Psychology Today. She has been featured in TIME, Newsweek, ABC News, The New York Times, Washington Post, Teen Vogue, and the award-winning HBO documentary Reporter. A professional speaker for ten years, she is sought after in the U.S. and around the world, with annual engagements throughout Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Africa. This year, she is speaking across the U.S. and internationally about her first book, When Doctors Don't Listen: How to Prevent Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests. drleanawen.com, whendoctorsdontlisten.com.